Application for a specific approval

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Operators wishing to obtain a specific approval, or to amend an existing approval, must apply to the Directorate of Civil Aviation (Direction de l'Aviation Civile - DAC), which will determine whether the operator meets the applicable European requirements.

Specific approvals include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • operations in airspace with reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM);
  • low visibility operation (LVO);
  • twin-engine aircraft for extended range operations (within the framework of an ETOPS operation);
  • complex performance-based navigation operations (PBN);
  • operations that abide by minimum navigation performance specifications (MNPS);
  • single-engine turbine aeroplanes in instrument meteorological conditions (SET-IMC);
  • helicopter operations with the assistance of night vision imaging systems (NVIS);
  • helicopter hoist operations (HHO), etc.

Who is concerned?

Any operators that hold an Air Operator certificate (AOC) or operators whose entity is declared to the Luxembourg Directorate of Civil Aviation (DAC) may apply for a specific approval.


For the DAC to be competent, operators must:

  • have their permanent establishment in Luxembourg;
  • hold an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) issued by the DAC.


The DAC must receive the application at least 30 days before the desired date of implementation of the new approval.


The total fee for services performed for the purpose of issuing a specific approval is determined by the Grand Ducal regulation of 19 November 2019 and will be billed based on unanticipated time spent for specific approvals.

For more information, applicants should contact the DAC by email at

How to proceed

Submitting the application

Operators must submit the duly completed and signed application to the DAC by post or email to:

Supporting documents

Operators applying for a specific approval must include the following with their application:

  • the documents required in the relevant subpart of Annex V of Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 (Part SPA) (procedures, proof of training, proof of the aircraft's capabilities, etc.), and the following information:
    • the applicant's name, address and postal address;
    • a description of the intended operation;
  • proof of compliance with the requirements of the specific approval being applied for;
  • where applicable, the minimum equipment list.

For more information on the specific approval being applied for, applicants should contact the DAC by email at

Application processing time

When it receives an application to grant a specific approval, or to amend an existing approval, the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DAC) will review the application in accordance with the relevant European requirements and perform a technical analysis of the application within 30 days.

Where applicable, an inspection of the operator will be required.

Once it is certain that the operator is in compliance with the relevant requirements, the competent authority will issue or amend the approval.

Duration of validity

Specific approvals will be issued for an open-ended period and will remain valid as long as the operator:

  • continues to comply with the requirements of the specific approval; and
  • takes into account the relevant information, as provided for in the established data.


When the terms of a specific approval are amended, operators must provide the relevant documents and notify the DAC immediately.

Operators undertake to retain archives of this information and these documents for at least as long as the operation subject to the specific approval is conducted.

Online services and forms

Who to contact

Air Operations Department

  • Air Operations Department
    4, rue Lou Hemmer L-1748 Luxembourg Luxembourg
    B.P. 283, L-2012
    Email address:
    Closed ⋅ Opens tomorrow at 8.30
    8.30 to 12.00, 13.00 to 17.00
    8.30 to 12.00, 13.00 to 17.00
    8.30 to 12.00, 13.00 to 17.00
    8.30 to 12.00, 13.00 to 17.00
    8.30 to 12.00, 13.00 to 17.00
    Opening hours: from 8.30 to 12.00 and from 13.00 to 17.00

Related procedures and links


Application for document approval (air operations) Application to amend an AOC


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